Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis


Washington University, a medium-sized research university, is internationally known for academic excellence. Here you’ll find the broad educational resources of a much larger university, but our size and our friendly, supportive community combine to make faculty, staff, and students open and approachable. Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support wide-ranging exploration. Our community members strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country, and the world. To this end, we welcome students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to create an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing, and intellectually rigorous. While they explore their passions in our five undergraduate divisions of architecture, art, arts & sciences, business, and engineering, our students develop the attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and leadership, which prepare them to be productive members of a global society.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience High School Summer Scholars Program

The High School Summer Experiences at Washington University offer participants the opportunity to experience the independence of college life the summer after their sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school. Take advantage of the unique Washington University experience: the excitement of a world-class research institution, with faculty who are leaders in their fields, plus the encouragement of teachers committed to teaching well. Learn more about High School Summer Scholars Program

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Admissions Visit Programs

We invite students to visit for a variety of special experiences including our Discovery Weekend each fall, Multicultural Celebration Weekend each spring, and Open House Days throughout the year. We are happy to talk to you and help plan an individual visit tailored just for you. Call (800) 638-0700 toll-free, or (314) 935-8616. Learn more about Admissions Visit Programs

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships and Financial Aid

Our financial assistance counselors are here to work with your family one-on-one. Families with low incomes receive packages up to the full cost of attendance and are not required to take loans. Our merit-based scholarships, including the John B. Ervin Scholars Program, The Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program, The Enterprise Scholars Program, and the Stamps Foundation Scholarships bring deserving students to Washington University each year. Learn more about Scholarships and Financial Aid

Summer Bridge & Orientation Freshman Summer Academic Program

The Freshman Summer Academic Program (FSAP) gives first-year students admitted to Washington University an introduction to the undergraduate academic life at the University. The intensive five-week academic program provides students the opportunity to earn six college credits, make friends, become familiar with the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, and register for fall courses Learn more about Freshman Summer Academic Program

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Center

Washington University’s First Year Center serves as the official welcome center for incoming students and families. In addition to coordinating Orientation and Parents Welcome activities, the First Year Center has a staff of current undergraduates, called WUSAs (Washington University Student Associates), who volunteer to serve as mentors throughout the first year. Learn more about First Year Center

Academic Advising & Support Advising

Strong academic advising is a key factor in the success of our undergraduates. Students have four-year advisors who work with them throughout the undergraduate experience. In addition, students have major advisors, pre-professional advisors, study abroad advisors, and peer advisors. Cornerstone, the Center for Advanced Learning, provides academic support, peer mentoring, and a writing center. Learn more about Advising

Student Diversity

  • 6,759
  • 49/51
  • 6%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 18%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 6%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 55%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 8%

Student Success

  • 96%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 93%
    Six-year graduation
  • 88%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 78%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 908
    Full-time faculty
  • 210
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Engineering Art/Architecture Humanities Biology/Natural Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Association of Black Students Association of Latin American Students Mixed Asian American Association African Students Association ASHOKA South Asian Students Association National Society of Black Engineers Black Anthology Black Pre-Med and Pre-Law Societies Korean Students Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,950
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $820
    Required Fees
  • $15,596
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $97,267,743
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $40,466
    Average aid package
  • $24,243
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 43%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 29,259
    # of applicants
  • 17%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 690—760
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 710—790
    SAT Math
  • 690—770
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date